Rivka Golani


Professorial Staff - Viola & String Chamber Music

Area of work

Strings Department

Contact details


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Faculty of Music, King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JF

Email: [email protected]

Phone One: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


Born in Tel Aviv, Rivka Golani trained at the Rubin Music Academy in Tel Aviv under the celebrated violist and composer Professor Oedoen Partos. A citizen of Israel, Canada, and Great Britain, she currently resides in London, UK. One of today’s leading violists, Rivka's contributions to the advancement of viola technique have given her a place in the history of the instrument and have been a source of inspiration to many players and composers. More than 250 pieces have been written for her, including 52 concertos - with several more in the pipeline.She has performed as a soloist throughout the world with orchestras that include the Boston Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Hong Kong Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and countless others.

Qualifications / Educational Background

Rubin Music Academy, Tel Aviv

Creative Outputs


  • Elgar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic
  • Bartok Concerto with the Budapest Symphony
  • Martinu's Rhapsody Concerto with the Bern Symphony
  • Chaconne by US Pulitzer prizewinner Michael Colgrass with the Toronto Symphony
  • 3-CD set of works for solo viola by Johann Sebastian Bach (CBC Records)
  • Compendium of virtuoso pieces (CBC Records, 2006)

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